Alternative Reading Week (ARW) is a community engagement opportunity that gives you a chance to learn more about, and to understand the local issues within Toronto. ARW is designed to enhance your experiences with community engagement, leadership, social change and community development. Join hundreds of U of T students as you spend three days participating in community-based projects.

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About the program

Alternative Reading Week is a program that runs annually during the University of Toronto's Reading Week.

The three-day event involves 200 students who are assigned to volunteer projects that take place within various community organizations such as yours. Students are expected to complete the full three days of service, and are encouraged to continue being involved after the completion of the event.

Students explore the concepts of learning through service, leadership for social change, and community development. By being involved in a project-based service event, students have the opportunity to learn about various social issues in Toronto and Peel. The CCP plays a key role in collaborating with local residents, community organizations, and businesses to work toward a common goal of building a stronger community. 

Become a partner

As a partner we hope that students could collaborate with you for three days on a project that would support existing programs as well as able to help with initiative ideas that may have been on hold for lack of resources.

Alternative Reading Week can only happen by having dedicated partners like you! If you are interested in partnering with the Centre for Community Partnerships for Alternative Reading Week or if you have questions please email Amina Farah at